OpusFSX Flight Simulator Interface for FSX and Prepar3D

OpusFSI Flight Simulator Interface for FSXand P3D

Opus Software Ltd

Helping to take reality to the next level ...

Live detailed weather - horizon to horizon 

Accurate weather throughout your flight 

We are the innovators don't settle for 2nd best 

The perfect addon for Standalone and Networked systems

* Combines three or more programs into one user friendly interface.
* Sets new standards of performance and realism.
* Ideal addon for cockpit builders and general users alike.
* Ideal addon for both standalone and networked simulator systems.
Live Weather engine for live detailed weather as far as the eye can see, instant 
   weather updates and perfect weather synchronization across all systems.
* Opus pioneered the use of Dynamic Weather Themes making it possible to
   give you detailed real world weather horizon to horizon for the very first time.

* Accurate Weather throughout your flight.

* Accurate Destination Weather when over 200km away, with perfect

   weather reports at any distance to any point en-route.

* Live Weather Assistant displays dynamic weather maps including visibility, 

   temperature, precipitation levels, winds, cloud cover and Met station coverage.

* Flight Planning Assistant provides dynamic in-flight weather reports and more.
* Client Side Weather Control enables you to edit flight parameters and display 

   weather data on a networked client PC.

* Site Effects for additional turbulence and wind shear effects within 80 km of the 

   airfield resulting from local features such as terrain or obstacles on approaches.

* Live Camera Control for adjusting the eyepoint in VC, 2D, or Custom views using 

   a GamePad, arrow keys within the LCC dialog or key/button shortcut controls.

* User friendly Live Camera control, configuration and docking interface for virtual
   cockpit, 2D cockpit, and external aircraft views.
* Additional support for windowed views for systems equipped with multi-
   screened computer systems.
Dynamic head movements or virtual cockpit camera shake based on actual
   real-life captured 3D accelerometer data.
Dynamic aircraft movements or 2D cockpit camera shake based on actual
   real-life captured 3D accelerometer data.
Automated head movement to assist taxiing and banking in a turn.
* Synchronized networked views, aircraft status, weather and cloud formations.
* Ultra high performance IPC communications between networked systems.

* TrackIR® real-time 3D view control full compatibility.

* GPS output for navigation packages such as SkyDemon®.

* ButtKicker® Gamer 2 interface for added vibrational feedback.

News

26th September 2014


OpusFSI Release Version 4.01.2 Available

Latest release of OpusFSI including the following features,

OpusFSI Live Weather Assistant Map

OpusFSI Live Weather Assistant Map fully zoomed in OpusFSI Live Weather Assistant Map fully zoomed out

OpusFSI Live Camera editing

OpusFSI Live Camera management

OpusFSX is fully compatible with the latest release of P3D version 2.3. Click on the image below to view a video.

OpusFSX Release Version 3.50.2 Available

Improved Dynamic Wind Control for rapidly changing calm winds. Changes to the ButtKicker audio control data in an attempt to improve the stability of the Microsoft 'wdmaud' driver. Enhanced METAR decoding for Canadian reported minimum visibilities.

This release includes improved camera transition options allowing greater flexibility and better aircraft walk and fly arounds to be created. The transition speeds can now be slowed down to near walking pace with a slight acceleration and deceleration at the start and end of the camera movement.

This release also includes a reorganised Camera Control dialog which adopts a more intuitive left to right and top down order for the camera configuration options. Camera editing no longer recognises aircraft and rotorcraft that do not have panel folders. The injected wing flex data has been increased up to the maximum allowed level within the simulator. High level cloud cover defined in the RMK section of the METAR is also decoded by the LWE.

The visibility has been adjusted to generate more realistic poor visibility at lower levels especially when there is a reduced surface visibility resulting from fog, mist, or haze. We have also added a non-linear element to camera view transitions and modified the way zoom level changes are handled. The weather map data has been reordered and relabelled ready for future upgrades.

Spoiler (speed brake) deployment, landing and initial roll out vibration effects have been added to the ButtKicker audio control. The NOAA (Feb 2014) Met Station list has been updated.

The new improved and coordinated Dynamic Wind Targeting and Control measures are capable of completely eliminating wind shifts whilst still allowing accurate, dynamic, and varied real-world weather to be used within the simulator. These new measures allow both wind and temperature targets to be maintained accurately during all phases of the flight.

The improved Dynamic Wind Control is now constantly active whilst you are above 100 feet AGL and always attempts to smoothly adjust the ambient wind speed and direction toward the required target values.

New 'Actual' indication added to the Destination Weather Report to indicate when the weather inside the simulator matches the reported weather at the destination.

A Reverse Axis option has been added to the LCC Shortcuts Left/Right, Up/Down, Forward/Backward, Pitch Up/Down, Bank Left/Right, and Yaw Left/Right controller axes.

GPS Output feature for 3rd party Navigation and Flight Planning packages such as the excellent real-world SkyDemon PC software.

GPS Output feature for 3rd party Navigation and Flight Planning packages such as the excellent real-world SkyDemon PC software

Greatly improved coordination of all weather layering (i.e. winds, temperatures, visibilities, and cloud) within the Live Weather Engine including cloud smoothing layers. Improved Bump Aircraft turbulence and ButtKicker audio output control.

Extended Cloud Smoothing software introduced which helps minimise cloud popping during weather updates at all altitudes.

Eliminated view flickering in changing VC and 2D views especially noticeable in Prepar3D.

New Anti Wind Shift measures introduced which helps FSX cope with the wind gradients and prevent wind shifts during the climb up to FL200 and on up to your specified Max Cruise Altitude.

Volumetric Fog option introduced for P3D v2.

Bump Aircraft Turbulence improved with new 1,2 or 3 DOF options.

The ButtKicker Gamer2 package features a chair-mounted (single post type) tactile transducer that lets you really “live the game” Installing a dedicated audio device such as the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go PRO USB stick means that all low frequency BK audio control signals are completely separated from the normal simulator sound and will hence have no effect on your current sound system or current audio output

The ButtKicker Gamer 2 device control enables up to three ButtKicker devices to be assigned to an audio output and associated with a DHM X, Y, or Z accelerometer data axis. The ButtKicker options include taxiing, engine vibration, turbulent bumps, flaps, spoiler, landing roll out, and landing gear effects. Installing a dedicated audio device such as the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go PRO USB sound stick means that all low frequency BK audio control signals are completely separated from the normal simulator sound and will hence have no effect on your current sound system or current audio output. Please refer to the OpusFSX_ButtKicker.pdf.

Joysticks or controllers with POV (Point Of View or 8-Position Hat switches) can be used for LCC axes functions. Up to four POV or Hat switches can be supported for each controller device.

More Australian Site Effects have been included bringing the total number of site effects to 67. Site effects apply to the point of departure and destination ICAO.

Automatic cirrus generation is now based on the aircraft's current latitude.

The Site Effects feature introduces additional turbulence and wind shear within 80 km of your destination airfield resulting from local features such as terrain or even obstacles and buildings on approach. British sites with some well known International airports are included as standard. You can also configure your own customised site effects.

Live Camera Control (LCC) enables you to make adjustments to the current eye point for any VC, 2D, or Custom view using either,

This is useful for making seat adjustments, roaming about the cockpit, or flying or walking around the aircraft. The Set Camera feature within Live Camera Control sets temporary adjustments to views. This is useful to overcome the FSX bug which shifts the camera view slightly at different locations in the world.

The PMDG 777 upper wind and temperature wx file will now be created automatically when you activate your flight plan. Select WIND DATA REQUEST on the WIND page in the 777 and it will automatically load these values into the FMC. The LWE now accommodates systems running at increased simulation rates (requires the free version of FSUIPC4).

Further anti wind shift measures have been included within the Sim Friendly GRIB Data processing.

OpusFSX may reduce the surface visibility for CAVOK conditions to 10km or 16km depending on the average visibility in the area.

The OpusFSX client is now compatible with 3rd party packages such as WideView and WideTraffic.

General DHM Options have been added to the FSXSERVER's Configuration dialog. These options allow general DHM and associated 'Bump Aircraft' turbulence to be enabled for VC view modes, 2D view modes, and other general view modes without needing the Live Camera interface to set up camera views.

The Live Weather Assistant provides useful weather information for the current Opus 800 x 800 mile weather map displayed graphically as a mosaic of 6400 weather cells in either a large or small footprint map with options for Surface QNH, Surface Winds, Surface Visibility, Surface Temperature, Precipitation Levels, Low Cloud Cover, Cruise Level Wind, Cruise Level Temperature and Met Station Cover. The large map and up to six small Weather Maps can be opened and positioned on the screen.

OpusFSX large weather map

OpusFSX small weather map OpusFSX small weather map

OpusFSX small weather map OpusFSX small weather map

OpusFSX small weather map OpusFSX small weather map

Flight planning assistance includes Add-on Menu Report options to show the OpusWeather (METARs and optional TAFs), OpusWeatherReport (GRIB Data), OpusFlightReport (Flight Plan), and OpusSidStarReport (SIDs and STARs) text file reports within Notepad. iFLY type formated SID and STAR files are now recognised and decoded. 

You can import any Microsoft PLN formatted flight plan and all flight plans activated within the simulator are decoded and processed automatically.

GRIB data handling and upper wind and temp target injection has changed to improve the resolution of all upper wind and temperature targets throughout the weather map and hence throughout the injected weather region. The download and preparation of the GRIB forecast data can now be followed in the Opus Lower and Upper Atmosphere Report windows.

Client Side LWE Control has been added to enable you to control the weather and flight planning from a networked PC and display the various Opus Weather Report windows. 

A Live View Scan Rate (0 to 60ms) adjustment has been added to the FSXSERVER configuration to control the position update rate communicated to the server allowing you to match the preferred rate found using the Live View Server Test.

We have also combined our heuristic weather interpolation with perfect geodesic mapping within the simulator that results in accurate destination weather from over 200km away.

Live Weather Reports now provide a perfect long range (400 mile) ATIS for your Local, Destination and up to 4 Alternate airfields or sites. 

The OpusFSX Lower and Upper Atmosphere reports also provide detailed winds and temperatures aloft targets derived from the GRIB forecast data.

The second phase of flight planning assistance has been included which extracts your navigation points, providing detailed Flight Plan En Route Weather Reports. 

Camera Import and Export options are included. User Camera Definition Files (CDFs) are available on our Downloads page for import.

 

 

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Beta and Release Announcements

 

OpusFSX has won the Reader's Choice award from AVSIM!

We are proud to announce we have won the 2013 prestigious AVSIM Reader's Choice award. The development will proceed and continue in the same fashion, with plenty of feedback, ideas and assistance from all our users, thank you for your continued support.

Mutley's Hangar Review - Award for Excellence

We are pround to announce that we have received an Award for Excellence from Mutley's Hanger with a perfect 10 across the board giving OpusFSX an overall Mutley's Hangar score of 10/10! When a product impresses one of the Mutley's Hanger reviewers for innovation, quality, range of features, value for money or accuracy etc., they like to raise its awareness by awarding it the Mutley's Hangar Award for Excellence. This is still an exclusive club even though the award has been active for nearly 3 years! Read the OpusFSX review here.

 

Brief Description


OpusFSI The ultimate Flight Simulator Interface for FSX and Prepar3D with,

Live Weather Engine for real world live weather updates,
Live Camera for view control and dynamic head movements, and
Live View for synchronized multi-screen networked displays.

OpusFSI helps take reality to the next level by combining three excellent programs into one user friendly interface, setting new standards of performance and realism throughout its novel design. The OpusFSI interface is ideally suited to both standalone and networked FSX/P3D systems making it the ideal addon for cockpit builders and general users alike.

On standalone systems, OpusFSI incorporates two superb functions through its Live Weather Engine and Live Camera options.

The Live Weather Engine uses our unique methods of weather update to provide the most advanced software in the marketplace and set new standards for weather updating for the FSX and Prepar3D flight simulators. These methods provide the most detailed, realistic and efficient weather updating service and offer huge benefits over the sluggish, inaccurate and totally unrealistic update methods employed by others. You can also load historic weather from within the last 24 hours. OpusFSI allows you to create and name your own themes based on the current live METAR reports or import your own custom METARs.

The screenshot below illustrates the detailed weather generated by our Live Weather Engine,  illustrating foggy weather in P3D.

Screenshot provided courtesy fiftysix

Live Camera provides excellent camera creation, control and docking facilities through its user friendly interface, totally eliminating the need to alter any of the simulator's controls. You can create many useful views that are not included as standard in your sim and also control the transition speed between these different views. This can be coupled with Live Camera Control and a dedicated 6-axis GamePad controller to wander or float around the cockpit or exterior to your heart's content.The Live Camera interface also includes support for Windowed Views and provides an ultra-realistic Dynamic Head Movement option (virtual cockpit camera shake) utilising actual 'real-life' capture 3D accelerometer data and Automatic Head Movements to assist the pilot whilst taxiing and banking in a turn.

Multiple windowed views on the OpusFSX Server

On networked systems, irrespective of the size and complexity of your system, whether your system consists of a main 'flying' PC with a single networked laptop client, or a more elaborate multi-computer networked system; the Live View interface, with its ultra high-performance IPC communications, unique Client Side Smoothing software, and perfect synchronization of aircraft status, weather and cloud formations, will provide you with the highest possible networking performance. Whether you simply want an additional controllable display to provide further scenic or external view options, or wish to create a multi-screened panorama for your FSX or Prepar3D experience, Live View offers you the ideal hassle free user-friendly solution.

Your main 'flying' Opus server is the machine through which you control the aircraft. The networked client Opus systems are synchronised to the server through multiple ultra high-performance IPC links, the client systems are used primarily as view controllers. The networked systems allow you to create a multi-screened simulator system without placing the full workload and burden on your main system.

From this set up it therefore follows that all in-cockpit or instrument panel views used to control the aircraft must be displayed on the main server. All other views (scenic or external) can be offloaded onto the client systems. You can create wide panoramic vistas this way, or additional external aircraft views, without draining the resources on your main system or degrading its performance.

Client Side LWE Control enables you to control the weather and flight planning from a networked PC and display various Opus Weather Reports. Live Weather Assistant maps can also be displayed on a client PC.

Live Weather Features 

Live Camera Features

Live View Features 

Please refer to our Products page for further details.

 

Future Development Plans


World Views and Movie Maker

We are planning to upgrade the Live Camera interface to support a World View option and introduce a Movie Maker feature aimed at simplifying the creation of FSX\P3D videos. The Movie Maker would also provide a simple means to create panning shots. 

Live Traffic Synchronization

Live Traffic will supplement the Live View multi-screen networked displays by synchronizing all AI traffic across the Opus network.

Device Drivers

The device drivers provide an interface to the popular panels and addon hardware for FSX. Each device driver will interface to the relevant aircraft simulation thereby eliminating the need to install separate drivers dedicated to each aircraft.

CPFlight's MCP737PRO panel

All device drivers are aware of any new aircraft selections even if the aircraft is changed in mid-flight. The appropriate interface (SimConnect, FSUIPC4 or the manufacturer's SDK) will be initialised and employed automatically whenever necessary.


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Opus Features

Live Weather Engine uses live or historic METAR data to give instant realistic and detailed weather updates and perfect weather synchronization across all networked systems.
Live Camera creation, control and management with ultra-realistic Dynamic Head Movement or virtual cockpit camera shake options based on actual captured 3D acceleromenter data.
Live View synchronized multi-screen networked displays for off-loading scenic and exterior views using ultra high-performance IPC comms.
Device drivers for CPFlight’s MCP737 PRO/EL and EFIS737 PRO/EL panels including full interface for the PMDG 737NGX aircraft.

 

Opus Downloads

Download Opus Software here
Download OpusFSI Overview here
Download Getting Started (Single PC) here
Download Getting Started (Network) here Download OpusFSI User Guide here
Download OpusFSI Live Weather Guide here
Download OpusFSI Live Camera Guide here
Download OpusFSI ButtKicker Guide here

 

Opus Forums

The Opus Official Flight1 Forum

The Opus Unofficial AVSIM Forum

AVSIM Reader's Choice Award 2013

Mutley's Hangar Review

LOF Review

User Comments

"First class service as always from Stephen and Cheryl. Opus is in my opinion simply THE best weather engine available to date. The realism of the weather generated is second to none...and that's the opinion of a real-world pilot and meteorologist" SimForums

"It is a truly stunning experience to fly in FSX now... Opus is the best decision I ever made" AVSIM

"This is a game changer. It does 3 or 4 things that I have always wished I could do and in one package" AVSIM

"this is just amazing! The weather all around you is there! And it stays there - when you fly towards it - then you're over it - and when you're past it! I have never experienced that, with any other weather addon!" AVSIM #116

"I must say I'm impressed" AVSIM #125

"This is what I've been hoping the weather would be like for years in flight sim and now it's here!!! Great job" AVSIM #248

"you can finally have a full overcast condition in FSX" Bushpounders

"Wow, just did a flight on the NGX with dynamic head movement enabled -- it 'feels' more realistic than just head wobbling, I actually felt the plane moving in response to the speed, and descent rate I was going. I would go as far as saying it looks comparable to real life videos of cockpit landings I've watched" AVSIM #223

"Seriously impressed how it loads and manages weather!" Orbx

"This is absolutely amazing software! It is continually evolving with new features being added on a regular basis" AVSIM #5

"I like the fact that with OpusFSX, everything you need is in one product with a quick startup time" AVSIM #16

"Le support est absolument INCROYABLE, mais alors SUPERBE" Pilote-Virtuel

"la météo me semble vraiment réelle, de plus c'est grandiose et facile a mettre en place. " AVSIM #45

"I've bought into a process where I can actually shape what the product becomes" Mutley's Hangar

"This add-on is certainly going places" nzff

"My hobby has never been so enjoyable and it's all down to Opus. It's revolutionary." AVSIM #154

"Para mim o FSX com o Opus é outro simulador" VooVirtual

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OpusFSI Server Form

OpusFSI Server Configuration

OpusFSI Weather Options

OpusFSI Flight Plan Options

OpusFSI Weather Report Menu

OpusFSI Local Weather Report Window

OpusFSI Upper Atmosphere Weather Report Window

OpusFSI Flight Plan En Route Weather Report Window

OpusFSI Live Weather Assistant Maps

OpusFSI small footprint Live Weather Assistant maps

OpusFSI Weather Report (METARs)

OpusFSI Weather Report (GRIB Data)

OpusFSI Flight Report (Flight Plan)

opusfsi/OpusFSI SIDs and STARs Report

OpusFSI Client side weather control for entering weather or flight plan data, or requesting reports via a networked client PC

OpusFSI Server Spy

OpusFSI Camera Control for VC, 2D and custom view adjustment

OpusFSI user friendly camera creation

OpusFSI Dynamic Head Movement (camera shake)

OpusFSI Automated Head Movement for taxiing and banking

OpusFSI Networked Client Form

OpusFSI Client Configuration

 

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